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The Palestinian Authority “Pallywood” movie industry has come up with a spectacular comparison of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center with the Israeli Air Force’s bombing of a 12-story building housing a Hamas command center.
The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated with English subtitle and published the 20-second video on Monday with the words “Same Terror” emblazoned on the screen as the building in New York and Gaza, followed by billowing smoke
The production is a brilliant piece of propaganda and is convincing to the Palestinian Authority population that knows only what the PA media feeds it.
The video comparison would make anyone who does not know anything about 9/11 that the two bombings really are the “same terror.”
Thirteen years of media messages, that the 9/11 never happened or that the Jews engineered it, have educated a new generation of Arabs to hate Israel and Jews, unlike the fragile co-existence that nurtured Israeli-Arab relations in Judea, Gaza and Samaria from the Six-Day War until the late 1980s, when, Yasser Arafat popularized terror.
The video, of course, does not mention that the IDF warned civilians in the building in the Gaza to evacuate and that no was killed. Approximately two dozen people were wounded. The film also did not tell viewers that nearly 3,000 people were killed in the Al Qaeda aerial attacks.
This is the atmosphere in which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wants to re-start peace talks, which presumably involve a Palestinian Authority that is composed of Hamas and the rival Fatah faction, headed by Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas loves death so much that its list of terrorists and alleged civilians who were killed in the war on Israel includes people who were listed twice.
Hamas also included in its death toll, allegedly at the hands of the IDF, the large number of civilians were killed by Hamas’ rockets and mortar shells that fell short of their targets. Others were executed by Hamas for allegedly providing Israel with intelligence information.
The names of the first 150 casualties, as reported by Hamas, did not differentiate between civilians and terrorists and described all of the victims as “shahids” (martyrs), the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) reported.
At least 71 of the list were terrorists, but in some cases, they “died twice” because death notices were announced both by Hamas and by Palestinian Authority interior security forces.
“Dual identity allows Hamas to employ many military operatives in the security forces, give their activity governmental legitimacy, and pay them salaries intended for members of the security forces in the Gaza Strip,” ITIC explained.
For example, the Facebook page of the National Security Forces Headquarters announced the dearth of Ibrahim al-Balawi , and Hamas did the same, inflating the casualty list on a “two for the price of one” basis.
Hamas also created the illusion of a high number of civilian casualties by not providing the Palestinian Health Ministry with information about terrorists who were killed.
The United Nations claimed that the number of civilian casualties among the first 150 was approximately 75 percent.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported this week that of the 1938 who died in the war, 1626 were civilians, while the IDF estimates that a majority of those killed were Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorists.
One soldier serving in Gaza told The Jewish Press that a “civilian” house that was hit by the IDF resulted in the deaths of 14 terrorists, whom Hamas easily could claim as “civilians” because they were in residential building from which they were firing at soldiers.
Another discrepancy is that children make up more than 55 percent of the population in Gaza but counted for only 23.7 percent of the casualties,. Women make up 21.1 percent of the population and were listed as 12.6 percent of those killed.
The remainder of nearly 1,300 were men, and logic dictates that their high proportionate of the number who were killed is because they were shooting at soldiers or crawling out of tunnels to attack Israeli civilians.
Hamas warned Gazans this week “not to divulge information about ‘resistance’ casualties because the ‘occupation’ [Israel] was collecting all the information and reports [about casualties] and would use them as evidence to ‘justify its crimes against [Palestinian] civilians.’” ITIC reported.
Retired British Col. Richard Kemp wrote for the Gatestone Institute this week, “Analysis of casualty details released by Qatar-based Al Jazeera indicate that so far most of those killed in Gaza have been young men of fighting age, not women, children or old people.”
He added, “With few exceptions, reporters, commentators and analysts unquestioningly accept the casualty statistics given by Gaza’s Hamas-controlled medical authorities, who ascribe all deaths to the IDF. Is anyone in Gaza dying of natural causes? Mass executions of “’collaborators,’ and civilians killed by malfunctioning Hamas rockets, are all attributed to IDF fire.”
One of the most grotesque examples of Hamas’ faking civilian deaths was caught in the video below, which shows people staging a photo op for eager journalists by carrying a girl, presumably dead, and placing her next to that of adults who were killed in the alleged IDF bombing of a United Nations school.
Where is the outrage against Hamas for beating civilians for refusing orders to stand on rooftops which Israel will bomb in response to rockets fired from that location?
Where is the outrage against Hamas for firing upon the field hospital that Israel set up to treat the Palestinian wounded and for firing at the power stations that feed Gaza??
Where is the outrage against Hamas for violating every single ceasefire that has been called for, and adhered to by Israel, by various different organizations?
Where is the outrage against Hamas for the “dig-icide” they’ve committed against 160 of its own slave-labored tunneling children?
Where is the outrage against the mainstream media for only covering the Palestinian suffering, while ignoring the absolute terror for Israelis when rockets fly overhead, forcing millions into bomb shelters for protection?
Where is the outrage against the mainstream media for getting sucked right into the Pallywood (google that, right away) phenomenon weeks after items they air have been debunked (the man in the green shirt is alive! He’s alive!).
Where is the outrage against the mainstream media for sending up one know-nothing must-get-the-last-word-in “We’re short on time” anchor after another to blast the reasoned statements of Israeli representatives and spokespersons while giving Hamas a free pass?
Where is the outrage against the mainstream media for its complete misuse, ignorance, usurpation, and dilution of the phrases “disproportionate,” “genocide,” “apartheid,” and “Hitler”?
Where is the outrage against the UN for returning rockets to Hamas?
Where is the outrage against the UN, period, for focusing all their energies on Israel while the rest of the world burns down around them, and millions die while they fiddle?
Where is the outrage against the Gazan .01% for funneling every one of the millions of dollars, generously given by various countries, to fund Qatar vacations for themselves, while the 99.99% suffer immensely due to lack of…everything.
Where is the outrage from the Gazan population itself against Hamas, for using these millions of dollars to dig tunnels into Israel and Egypt instead of building anything else, anything at all?
Where is the outrage from the world against these tunnels?
Where is the outrage against Hamas’ charter – its actual constitution – that calls for the destruction of the State of Israel?
Where is the outrage for the brave and awesome Hillel Neuer, who has the esteemed privilege of being the sole NGO who is ever interrupted when making UN Security Council statements?
Where is the outrage against the liar and prevaricator, Diana Buttu (Mr. Neuer’s constantly-foiled foil). She improvises easily-refuted acrimonious garbage on air to see what sticks. She actually accused Israel of being anti-women and anti-gay. Neuer could only respond with utter bemusement. Why is a nonsense-spouting hack like this given any airtime whatsoever?
Where is the outrage against the blatantly false, and repeatedly debunked, death numbers coming out of Gaza? Most are not civilians, because Hamas labels everyone inside of Gaza as a civilian. Teenagers are being listed as children, even the ones who are actively firing rockets into Israel. Various lists have shown up with repeated names! The Death Count is like the stock market: an upward-trending random number generator.
Where is the outrage against today’s Kristalnacht, happening right now in France and across Europe?
Where is the outrage?
Where is it?
What the dithering world does not understand or acknowledge – while it supports the hate-spewing BDS movement, lambasts Israel, and idles while countries full of innocents are being slaughtered (tip of the iceberg in this century: 5.5 million murdered in the Congo, 400,000 in Darfur, 170,000 in Syria) – is that the Jews are now, as always, simply the canary in the coalmine. The rampaging barbarian hordes come for us first; they come for you next (Third Reich, anyone? The Crusades?) Israel is merely practice. When Jews say “Never again!,” we mean it, but when Muslim clerics say “The flag of Islam will one day fly over the White House,” they mean it too.
Senior international media and Palestinian Authority spokespeople are continuing to cite the Beitunia Pallywood video as “proof” that IDF soldiers killed two Palestinian teenagers during Nakba Day riots two weeks ago.
Evidence that the deaths were faked includes versions of the “security camera” tapes that clearly show that the IDF fired a rubber bullet when viewed simultaneously with the CNN video.
This is in addition to clearly fake and bloodless collapse of the “victims” despite claims that the bullets ripped through them front to back (or the other way around).
What is really a giveaway, are the trial runs that failed to produce the results the Pallywood directors wanted the first time around.
In this video, you can see a failed attempt to fake an injury for the cameras:
Nevertheless, CNN, the New York Times and Palestinian rights groups like Defence of Children-Palestine and B’tselem continue to show the video as if it reflects an actual attack on unarmed Palestinian protesters.
CNN and the Times focused their discussion on whether the youths were shot with live or rubber bullets.
But even Haaretz conclusively admitted that there is little or no evidence that IDF soldiers used live fire to control the Nakba Day clashes. The left-wing paper was forced to admit that, at best, the soldiers shot rubber bullets at the “victims”.
Furthermore Nouwarah’s father (who, for some reason, does not look terribly distraught just a few days after the killing, and who is not sitting at home in the traditional Muslim mourning tent, a custom similar to the Jewish Shiva laws) shows what Watson describes as a “bloody backpack”.
But the backpack does not look particularly bloody. Furthermore, the small, neat “bullet hole” in the bag looks rather more like a pencil or pen poked a hole, rather than a live bullet raged through the bag.
Still, the Times and CNN seized on the IDF’s suspension of a Communications Unit soldier, who supposedly fired the rubber bullet.
The IDF has made it clear that the soldier was suspended because he was unauthorized to fire the rubber-bullets, and not because he shot live fire.
But NY Times correspondent Robert Mackey cited that the soldier shot at the boy with “what proved to be a fatal gunshot wound,” with no mention of the fact that even the left-wing Haaretz could not avoid: “The CNN video clip showed a non-combat soldier, who had accompanied his comrades on the mission, firing what appeared to be a rubber bullet during the incident.”
Ultimately, more questions than answers remain about the Times, CNN, B’tselem another international groups that have promoted this video and the story surrounding it. Why have they relied on Palestinian accounts to verify the video and their claims? Why haven’t they sought out independent, international experts to verify Palestinian claims?
And finally, perhaps the most important question that needs to be asked is this: If two Arab teenagers are actually dead, then who actually killed them and when? It clearly wasn’t the IDF in that Pallywood video, which leaves open the strong possibility that it was the Palestinian Authority, in order to create a story.
And that is something that needs investigation.
Were two Palestinian teenagers shot to death in cold blood by Israeli soldiers on May 15, nakba day?
Palestinians say that video evidence shows that two youths were shot far from any action, when they were not threatening soldiers or Border Patrol officers in any way. This is in effect an accusation of murder.
While we don’t know (yet) for certain what did happen, it seems clear that the Israelis that were accused of shooting them did not do so — and most likely they were not shot with an Israeli military weapon.
There are two videos in question. One is taken by security cameras at a nearby business, and another was taken by a Palestinian cameraman working for CNN, Kareem Khadder.
The security camera footage shows two Palestinians falling to the ground (about 73 minutes apart). It does not show their faces. The first one is Nadeem Nouwareh (also called Nadeem Abu Qaraa in some reports).
Nouwareh, who is supposed to have been hit in the chest, falls forward and puts his hands out to break his fall. Experts say that this is unlikely, that someone hit in the chest with a high-powered bullet will normally be pushed back by the force of the bullet.
The Khadder video shows a nearby Israeli position. The camera shows one of the Border Patrol officers firing and then quickly pans to the location of the Palestinians, where they are seen rushing to pick someone up and put him in an ambulance. It does not show either of the two being hit.
The weapon used by the Border Patrol officer has a rubber-bullet cassette clearly visible on the barrel. The cassette holds the rubber bullets, which are propelled by firing blanks from the rifle’s normal magazine.
While it is possible to fire live ammunition with the cassette in place, the sound of the shot is quite different, and would have been noticed by everyone at the post. Unless there was a conspiracy including all the Israelis present, this did not happen.
CNN’s broadcast includes an interview with Nouwareh’s father, who displays a bullet he says was found in Nadeem’s backpack after it passed through his body.
The spent bullet that is displayed looks like a 5.56 mm bullet of the type that is used by Israel (and also by the weapons supplied to the Palestinian security forces by the US). Bullets like this can be picked up at firing ranges around the country.
The bullet, which supposedly penetrated Nouwareh’s chest, exited his back, and then was stopped by a hard object (like a book) in the backpack, is only slightly deformed. An expert interviewed by Israel’s Channel 2 — and another that I spoke to — both said that it was certain that under these circumstances it would have been crushed almost flat.
The backpack has a small hole and a small bloodstain on it. Inside, the father displays a book that appears to have a red substance wiped across it. I can’t see how the bullet would have carried that much blood inside, or why it would be smeared across the page.
Mohammad Odeh Salameh
The second victim is Mohammad Odeh Salameh (initial reports gave his name as Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher), said to be hit in the back with the bullet exiting his chest. In the poor quality security video, he appears to be hit, falls to his knees, and then rolls over. The CNN broadcast shows a still picture of him on the ground, apparently after the shooting, taken by Palestinian photographer Atef Safadi. Here is a screen capture from about 2:48 into the broadcast:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman rebuked the U.S. and Europe after their calls for a “thorough” investigation of the deaths of two Palestinian Authority Arabs in Nakba Day riots last week.
The two Arab teens were killed on May 15, allegedly by IDF soldiers, during violence outside the Ofer Prison, located next to the PA capital of Ramallah in Samaria.
“”We don’t need an American request to investigate the subject,” Liberman told reporters Wednesday while visiting Samaria’s Ariel University. “I reject any request and the hypocrisy we see worldwide.”
U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki called for a “prompt and transparent” investigation in response to a reporter’s question during a briefing on Capitol Hill.
European Union missions in the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah and in Jerusalem made similar statements. “We reiterate the need for security forces, whether Israeli or Palestinian, to refrain from the use of lethal force, except in cases where there is a real and imminent threat to life,” they said.
In response, Liberman pointed out that the Israeli army is the “most moral” military force in the world.
“I am saddened these demands don’t come up in other cases,” he commented. “In Syria around 170,000 people have been killed and I didn’t see any act or request from the international community to investigate those murders. Hamas executed two men in Gaza after accusing them of spying for Israel, both without a lawyer or fair trial. I didn’t see any request to investigate that [either],” he added.
As Liberman has pointed out, the video footage that has made the rounds was posted after several days and may have been edited, as such videos often are. Leftists groups with an agenda hoping to incriminate Israel often show only part of an incident, or judiciously edit the footage to falsify the information altogether, as in the Al Dura case.
At the end of the day, regardless of the outcome, one must ask the question:
Why were these two young men there in the first place, during a violent Nakba Day riot at Ofer Prison?